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You are what you write. Illusion and Reality...I reside in between. Where are you?
UNDERSTAND THAT REDIRECTING CIVILIZATION is a major undertaking. You can write volumes about it and who will listen? But the energy that goes for that purpose cannot be withdrawn. You know that.

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August 19, 2015 at 3:54pm
August 19, 2015 at 3:54pm
Blog City image small Prompt: To a dog, you're family. To a cat, you're staff. {I have a kitty I love dearly!}
Do you agree?

I have had a number of dogs. First was Winniefred, who was Dingo & Australian Sheep dog. Smart with huge vocabulary with ordinary speech, not commands. Worked on stage in shows and did one film (she got an actress credit). She toured with children’s theater, guarding the truck and scenery, plus meeting the kids in the classroom.

Domino was an Old English Sheep dog. Washed and groomed she was a giant fluff. Utterly devoted and loving. Traveled a lot and charmed everyone she met. She stayed in the best hotels.

Dogs are family and they stay with you almost 24/7.

I’ve had three major cats. Tiger was a fluffy male(big) who was a dependent baby. Never went outside, it was too scary. Had to travel with me on a snowmobile inside my parka, funny.

Booger a black and white spotted stray. Rescued her from some boys who were throwing the kitten against a wall to see if she’d stick. She was with me for 15 years. A little shy, she was totally loving and stayed close. She watched over Tiger.

Blackie a totally black cat. Daughter of a wild mother became my final companion after the others had died. She came to the Earthship on the mountain while the others were alive. They would not let her come down to the main floor, so she lived upstairs in the sun room for a couple years. After they were gone she became the queen of the house. Several years later she fell from the top of the stairs and cracked her head. When she recovered, she was blind. Took her about three months to command the house again. She died about two years later. All of my beloved pets are buried under the pines near the mountain house.

I had one more dog. A pot-licker puppy in Belize. She was painted with red enamel paint as a joke by stupid workers. We called her Scarlet. Took a while to get the paint off and save her life. She was adorable. I had her for about six months when we had to leave for Iran. She went to friends and lived in a company construction compound with the 4 or 5 male guard dogs. She had many litters of puppies they tell me and was the best warning dog of all of them. She just died this past year. I regret having to leave her and have not taken another pet. Plus it’s too hard to have an animal on the sailboat.

I am always appalled at the cruelty to beautiful little animals. I see them chained and left alone so they go crazy. I see them abandoned in the streets trying to find something to eat. People throw rocks at them. What to do?

Love those animals...>>>iggy

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August 17, 2015 at 9:33am
August 17, 2015 at 9:33am
Blog City image small Prompt: “Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
How do you think vulgarity and wit affect speech?

I hear the dock and boat workers from my sailboat (Pania) while they have their conversations that usually include much laughter. I do not understand Creole, but they use the word ‘f**k’ or ‘f**king’ at least once in EVERY PHRASE. When translated a few times, the subject matter is crude, sexual, or insulting. Even ordinary topics are colored with the ‘F-word’.

The word is woven into the speech of men in many cultures The military always communicated with f**k in all casual speech. For younger men, it depends where and which high school they attended. Peer pressure within groups cause vulgar speech patterns to represent being touch and masculine.

In all of that, there is very little humor and wit.

During certain bursts of extreme justified anger, a whole string of colorful expletives is appropriate and very expressive. It is usually not meant to be clever or funny. The speaker usually feels much better and highly enlivened.

A few comedians can get away with clever vulgarity. But they know how to use the language for their advantage.

In agreement with Maggie Smith...>>>iggy

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August 15, 2015 at 11:01am
August 15, 2015 at 11:01am
Blog City image small What is the hardest part about learning a new skill? Do you enjoy a challenge or do you like things to come easily?

I enjoy a challenge. It makes my brain work!

I was never good at languages. I live in a country that speaks Spanis, Creol, Mayan, and English. I can say hello, please, thank you, yes, no, and basic one to ten in Spanish and French.

After living in Iran, off and one, for over ten years, I can handle basic communications and have vocabulary in tools, theater, movies, and a little about writing. I can understand a great deal more than I can speak. I can even read numbers to 1,000 and speak them. This leaning was/is very difficult and I forget what I don’t use.

With writing I have struggled with puncuation because I overlook errors when I’m reading. The best for me is to read outloud, then the logic of commas is obvious. Run-on sentences and POV slips show up as well. I think reading outloud slows the process down. It works for me, but it took a long time to learn..

Writing is not a new skill, but I never stopped learning---and I enjoy it very much!

Write on...>>>iggy

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August 14, 2015 at 11:44am
August 14, 2015 at 11:44am

Blog City image small Where do you write if you do not have a desk of your own?

I've had many places I’ve worked, but never specifically MY desk. I like to sit cross legged, yoga position most of the time and find chairs very uncomfortable. So a work space that is even lower than a coffee table is the best.

They built me a small mahogany shelf that is my desk in the sailboat (as I wrote before, only big enough for the computer, mouse and a coffee cup). I sit cross-legged on my bed.

Where I am house-sitting there is a desk and a chair that is too low for comfortable typing. I put a book under the back of the computer to slant the keyboard. I have all the new maps and diagrams for Knights of Sparrow taped to the wall behind me. That’s cool.

I think for me at least, the SPACE FOR WRITING is the most important. How it fits in the room, if it’s isolated from the main house traffic. And that my stuff is undisturbed. I find that a quiet atmosphere is quite necessary when working on creative material. If a desk completes your space, that’s what you’ve got to have, or maybe a better chair. We're all different.

When I’m editing it’s something else. I mutter, read aloud, curse, get up and pace. Music helps. To close I want to add this quote:

“Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.” (Oscar Wilde, 1891)

Write on...and sometimes, disturb! >>>iggy *Boat*
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August 12, 2015 at 1:01pm
August 12, 2015 at 1:01pm
Blog City image small Prompt: She Shed or Man Cave?
What would it look like?
What would you keep in there?

What a funny idea, a Man Cave.

In the Pania Sailboat (the yacht), I have a cubby hole that has my narrow, single bed, cupboards, 2 drawers under the bed and a shelf as a desk almost overlaping my bed with two drawers under that. The ship’s system radio is above my head with another set of shelves with my dictionaries, thesaurus and style book. The power charger for the boat’s batteries is at the back of the desk as well as the power outlet for computer and lights. The computer takes up over half of the desk top with just enough room for the mouse and my coffee cup.

Beside the foot of my bed is a nice wooden stool that holds a large basket with essential stuff like bug spray, keys, sun screen, moisturizer, t-paper, some tools, etc. Everything contained for boat motion. There’s a long shelf on the hull side as long as the bed space with folded t-shirts, shorts, a bagged copy of Apex Project, a cribbage game, coconut oil, hand towels, and a couple hats. My roll-up rubber keyboard and old mail folders are at the end..

Squeezed under the stool are the box of rags and plastic bags, over cans of boat paint, thinners and brushes. Theres a space for my shoes and slip-ons. The actual floor space is about 24” X 18”. There’s a wall behind the desk. The other side is the entrance ladder-steps in and out of the boat. There is a half-partition behind the end of the bed and the stool. A 12v fan is installed there. A narrow boat window is above the bed that locks with four screw-down bolts. The window is screened. If it rains the water comes right in if not sealed shut. The tiny bit of wall has the ship registration and the Captains License.

Across the asile is the kitchen sink, stove and cooler with shelves and cubbyholes. There are cover plates in the teak floor that open to the water tank and rear bildge. Note that half of this space is below the water line of the ocean. The boat goes wobble-wobble when a boat moves in the marina. Our neighbor boat is about one-and-a-half-yards away. We have the dock on the port side. We’re moored in a corner with more dock behind the boat.

How/s that for a Man Cave? >>>iggy

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August 11, 2015 at 9:55am
August 11, 2015 at 9:55am
Think about this: Today’s ruling class is a monoculture that has little in common with the rest of the nation.

Blog City image small Prompt: Several creative people, such as artists and authors, claim that relaxing and ‘doing nothing’ can be extremely beneficial for the creative process to follow. Do you believe this could work, I mean doing absolutely nothing? Has this been true for you, if ever?

You lay there, in the dark, absolutely motionless. There are no outside sounds. Are you doing nothing? I think not. Under those conditions, your brain can be going a mile a minute. Where’s it going? Well it’s called IMAGINATION, REFLECTION, MEDITATION. There’s lots of names for the so-called doing nothing.

Where do ideas come from?

When you say something, DON’T YOU THINK IT FIRST as a total block of an idea, concept, expression? The speed of the brain while doing nothing is astounding! And it works just as fast when you are talking. When you are reading a story, your mind is very active creating images of the story.

I’m not sure what happens when you watch television. Maybe then you are truly doing nothing. A passive recepticle. If you can’t remember what you’ve watched, then you have accomplished NOTHING.

For me, when I have a difficult moment in my novel, I almost always go take a nap. I try to see the scene and review everything I know about that moment---and gradually different possibilities come up so I can play them out in my mind. Somewhere in the process I fall asleep. And guess what? When I wake up the scene is much clearer and I can go back to adjust the outline or actually write the scene.

Take a moment and check what is going on INSIDE...>>>iggy

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August 10, 2015 at 12:46pm
August 10, 2015 at 12:46pm
Blog City image small Prompt: Debating
“In a battle of believability, the winner is the one with the best body language, not the clearest logic.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
Do you think it is an acceptable practice to stretch truths or use effective body language in order to win debates?

In it’s truer form, a debate is a contest, a competition to win. The person who presents the best argument with facts, reasoning, logic, and the clearest voice of communication usually wins. Body language would have little influence if the judgement is for reasoned logic of the topic being debated.

HOWEVER, when it turns to a political debate, body language, apparent truthfulness, use of language, clever asides, expressions of sincerity, expressions of scorn, disbelief, distain are all played for effect. Attempts to embarrass, humilate, and belittle the opponets is often a goal. Beliefs are expanded and distored to please the target audience. Statement of truths are very selective and a great deal of correct facts are ommitted or glossed over. And certain topics, however important or current they are---are NEVER mentioned. A great deal of campagn funding and media advertising is dependent on using the correct words. Promises have price tags and commitments.

As we’re seeing, one has to have their own billions of dollars in order to actually say what you want and ask the questions that are never asked.

Watch and listen, and follow the money...>>>iggy *Boat*

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August 7, 2015 at 10:44am
August 7, 2015 at 10:44am
Blog City image small FOR YOUR AWARENESS...

- August 8, 2015 (888) at 08:08:08 (888) cosmically resets humanity back to an accurate universal solar/lunar calendar/cosmic time stamp.
Don’t know who’s tuned to 8’s, but something to watch tomorrow

For Today. I have learned from a Belize postal employee, that USPS Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Boxes offer no additional service over First Class International packages except that they are priced 50-100% higher. In other words no tracking outside the US, no insurance, nothing. My latested packet left Miami on June 6, and has yet to appear. They told me US mail takes from 30 to 60 days to reach Belize. My last mail, which was one envelope cost over $64.00. I’m giving up on that kind of service.

The prompt today left me puzzled and scratching my brain, so I’m ignoring it. I’m on my own.
Yesterday I posted a blog early, read some news and then the allotted amount of memory (5G) on my USB stick ran out and I lost the Internet for the rest of the day and night. More money was committed and it’s back by 9am this morning.

The day before (Wed) we had a big electric, thunder and lightening storm. Of course the power went out about 4pm and stayed out until I guess about midnight. I was long asleep being in a totally dark house in the totally dark wilderness of our jungle.

This house I’m sitting, has no provision for power outages. We had one good flashlight. There are no candles, lanterns, etc for emergencies. The gas stove has an electric starter, so we found one small cigarette lighter to light the burner to heat dinner, no matches. Am I prepared? I’d say NOT. There is a new shopping list.

If we’re on the sailboat (the yacht), it’s all 12v systems with backups and solar charging. I think houses should be more like boats, they can exist independently.

I used to get upset about all this stuff failing or not working. Now it all seems to be the texture of life and not worth the emotional energy. Not that I’m accepting---it will change, it will get fixed. But the big things like the weather are to be accepted and adapted for---unless it’s some deliberate modification that humans have caused with HAARP or similar spraying nonsense. They we all have to be mad as hell! But that’s all another rant I will save you from.

Peace and Love for this day...>>>iggy
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August 6, 2015 at 5:50am
August 6, 2015 at 5:50am
BUILDING AWARENESS... How much is $1.5 quadrillion?
When investing becomes gambling, bad endings follow. The next credit crunch could make 2008-09 look mild by comparison. Bank of International Settlements(BIS) data show around $700 trillion in global derivatives.
Along with credit default swaps and other exotic instruments, the total notional derivatives value is about $1.5 quadrillion – about 20% more than in 2008, beyond what anyone can conceive, let alone control if unexpected turmoil strikes.

Blog City image small Prompt: An author is only as good as their last novel. Do you agree?

If the author’s last novel is the only one you’ve read, then yes. But I believe you have to know all the novels of a writer. No one is perfect and some stories are more appealing than others. Also different readers have different tastes. There can not be a set rule for which author’s are good or when.

Remember best sellers are often created by the media hype. Who is saying the writer is fantastic, and how much are they being paid?

It’s simple. Read the book. If it’s a great story, you’ll know it and respond to it.
How many novels have you started and never finished because you lost interest? Try not to write one of those stories.

Happy reading...>>>iggy
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August 2, 2015 at 9:46am
August 2, 2015 at 9:46am
Blog City image small BUILDING AWARENESS with a Sunday Blog

Think about where to focus your prayers or your meditations.
Spiritual energy is needed here:

about 60 to 65 million; refugees are on the move every day on our globe.

These forced migrants are in temporary camps, in transit to nowhere and under the most horrible human and abject hygienic conditions, no running water, hardly any medical attention, sparse food if any. At least a quarter of them originate in the Middle East.

And most, if not all of these tens of millions, are fleeing countries destroyed directly or by proxy by the US empire and its European vassals. They try to escape as their homes have been burned to the ground, their families in many cases decimated. They are under constant threat of being bombed, by the ISIS and sorts, all fully funded by Washington, the EU, Turkey, the Saudis, Qatar – and militarily supported and trained by the CIA, Pentagon and NATO.

This is not new. It has been known for years. But known to whom? The truth does still not penetrate the brain of most people. – Why? – Because the west is totally brainwashed with lies and distortions by its own corporate presstitute media.

To know more switch channels from the bought rightwing, CNNs and BBCs of this world –to TeleSUR, CCTV, PressTV, RT and other emerging truth news channels.

We all live on ONE Earth...>>>iggy

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